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S&P Downgrades and Banks: Threats to Global Stability
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The markets weren’t shocked by last week’s wave of pre-broadcast S&P sovereign debt downgrades. For months, the question wasn’t “if” but “when.” And true to form, just as with the U.S. downgrade, S&P’s reasoning skated the surface of prevailing wisdom.Standard & Poor’s likes moving on Friday nights after the markets are closed.

The Real IMF Assault
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As newly resigned International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn hunkers down in his jail cell, IMF news has fallen into two categories. Both miss the devastation the IMF causes, regardless of who heads it.

Wall Street Wins Again
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In the wake of the election, the Fed pulled off a move detected only by downtown Manhattan It quietly announced a purchase of $600 billion in Treasury securities (read: our debt) while pundits on the left and right were dissecting the role of the tea party in political life as we know it.

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